It seems the Sharp Aquos R has just made its way through the FCC, suggesting the smartphone could be on its way to the US at some point in the near future. Which could prove to be an interesting addition to the US mobile market, as this is a fairly high-end smartphone. One which comes boasting a number of high-profile specs, including the Snapdragon 835.
The Sharp Aquos R was actually announced back in April of this year. Although at the time of the launch it was a little unclear as to whether the Sharp Aquos R would make its way to markets outside of Japan. Something that seems far more likely now with the Sharp Aquos R making its way through the FCC process. The specific model that has been listed by the FCC is the SH-03J version, which for reference is an NTT DoCoMo variant. While this is a mobile service provider who largely caters to the Japanese market, it also does have a presence within the US. In terms of network support though, the documentation attached to the FCC listing shows the device supports FDD Band 5 which is more commonly associated with U.S. Cellular, at the 4G LTE level.
As for the actual device, the SHARP AQUOS R is certainly a device that is looking to position itself as one of the leading smartphone options. For instance, this is a smartphone that comes equipped with a 5.3-inch display, along with a 2560 x 1440 resolution – on a side note, the display is also HDR10 compliant. Inside, the Sharp Aquos R comes loaded with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and as mentioned, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Cameras come in the form of a 22.6-megapixel rear camera, along with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. While additional features include, a 3,160 mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 support, and USB Type-C connectivity. As well as the usual IP certifications for protection against dust and water, Android 7.1 (Nougat) pre-installed, and even its own AI features. While the specs are already known, and the device has now passed through the FCC, the likely price of the smartphone in the US remains an unknown.